'''Polycarp''' (, ''Polýkarpos''; ; AD 69 155) was a 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna
According to the ''Martyrdom of Polycarp
'' he died a martyr
, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him.
Polycarp is regarded as a saint
and Church Father
in the Eastern Orthodox Church|Eastern Orthodox
, Oriental Orthodox
, Catholic Church|Catholic
, and Lutheran
churches. His name 'Polycarp' means 'much fruit' in Greek.
It is recorded by Irenaeus
, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian
[Tertullian, [http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0311.htm ''De praescriptione hereticorum'' 32.2]]
that he had been a disciple of John the Apostle
[[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12219b.htm Polycarp], The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913.] [Irenaeus, ''On the... ]